Disability Policies And Acts Of Children

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Disability Policies and Acts There are many policies in place today to aid those with disabilities. A disability is defined by the Federal law as: a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life actives; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment. (Casto, 2016) The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are 48.9 million people with in the United Stated that are disabled. There are approximately 24.1 million people with severe disabilities, and 34.2 million people with functional limitation. (Bureau, 2014) There are policies in place to aid those with disabilities, the four major Acts today are the Rehabilitation Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act, Vocational Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These acts help in various ways to improve the lives of those with disabilities, by giving them opportunities to achieves education goals and medical and comfort needs. Rehabilitation Act The Rehabilitation Act was implemented in September, 1973, and replaced the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. This act prohibits the discrimination on the basis of disabilities in any participating Federal Program or contract. There is different section of the act that address detailed policies. Section 501, prohibits federal employees from decimation against those who are disabled, but otherwise qualified for the position. Section 503, addresses federal contractors, employment discrimination based on a disability, requires affirmative action. In section 504, the policy is that any program that is federally funded or conducted by a federal agency cannot discriminate individuals with disabilities. The last section, is Section 508, t... ... middle of paper ... ...led the test for various categories, and did not qualify for services because they did not fail it by two standard deviations. My children were placed in kindergarten last year, and failed everything, their teacher passed them to first grade. I had to place them in a private school, because the school would not let them repeat kindergarten or provide them with any services. I know have private services and they are doing well, and excelling. Conclusion The policies that are currently in place to help those with disabilities as a whole are very beneficial and have had a positive impact. Disabilities should not define a person, or limit them in any fashion. The above mentioned acts protect the people rights and maintains the proper accommodations those with disabilities need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and retain their confidence and dignity.
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